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China slaps retaliatory tariffs on 128 US products

China has increased tariffs by up to 25 percent on 128 US products including frozen pork, wine and certain fruits and nuts, escalating a spat between the world’s biggest economies in response to US duties on imports of aluminum and steel.
The tariffs, to take effect on Monday, were announced late on Sunday by China’s finance ministry and matched a list of potential tariffs on up to $3 billion in US goods published by China on March 23

Russia-China real gold standard means end of US dollar dominance

The BRICS are considering an internal gold trading platform, according to Russian officials. When this happens, the global economy will be significantly reshaped, and the West will lose dominance, predicts a precious metal expert.
In 2016, 24,338 tons of physical gold were traded, which was 43 percent more than in 2015, according to Claudio Grass, of Precious Metal Advisory Switzerland. 
Gold moving from the West to the East

China to spend $330 bln to fight water pollution

Source : Reuters / 20 Feb 2014

China plans to spend 2 trillion yuan, or $330 billion, on an action plan to tackle pollution of its scarce water resources, state media said on Tuesday.

China has a fifth of the world's population but just 7 percent of its water resources, and the situation is especially precarious in its parched north, where some regions have less water per capita than the Middle East.


Nothing has changed for the Uyghurs!

Source : Sinan Özdemir | Agencies | 04 Mar 2013

President of the World Uyghur Congress Rebiya Kadeer was in Paris for the pre-preparations of the world Uyghur women conference which will be organized at the end of April. The conference seeks not only to discuss the problems faced by the Uyghur women and children scattered throughout various countries in the world, but to also bring together women from other ethnic groups who live, and face exclusion, in China. It is expected that 130 to 180 participants from nearly 100 countries will join the conference. Rather than being mostly political, it is expressed that the conference will focus on efforts regarding the rights of women and children. However, the organizers are not without concern that the conference might be canceled prior to the Netherlands’ visit to China in the spring.


Fears of civil war in Syria after peace plan is vetoed

By Charlotte McDonald-Gibson || 6 Feb 2012

The West condemns Russia and China for blocking UN move to increase pressure on Assad to stand down.


Islamophobia in China: Violence breaks out in Xinjiang

By Chally Kacelnik |Globalcomment| 9 Jan 2012

Western China is far from the happiest place in which to be Muslim right now. At the end of December, police killed seven people in Xinjiang, an area traditionally dominated by the Uighur Muslim ethnic group, using some very sketchy justifications. Days later, the government destroyed a mosque in Ningxia that was just set to reopen after refurbishment, prompting a fight in which at least two more people were killed.


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